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    Posted: 05 Jul 06 at 7:49pm
It's not long before I will be buying a 600 i am not sure which should go for. I know that generally speaking an older hull is less competitive than an newer hull, but im not sure to what extent it makes a difference on a 600. Is it worth spending the extra cash on a newer sail number, or keeping it for new gear? Basically... Is there a huge difference between a old boat and a newer boat assuming they have both been taken care of.


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Ive been sailing a borrowed 600 for the past couple of weeks after some on-the-water modifications to my moth and have been loving it despite a lack of decent wind everytime ive been out.

They are pretty simple boats really and quite well built so the sail number wouldnt bother me personaly, just the individual condition of the boat and sail etc.

Theres a handfull of 600 sailors on here though who are a lot better qualified than me on this though....
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I have had a go and it was a good laugh. Hopefully Doug  and TT will give me some advice from their buying experianceswith 600's.
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Hey there!  The obvious assumption would be that newer is better but this isnt a fulproof assumption when it comes to 600s.  Apparently at their hieght of popularity they were being ordered faster than they could be made, so some of the finer workmanship was rushed. 
I think the 600-700 numbers maybe starting to ware, 700-800 are all pretty solid then somewhere i think in the later 800 numbers it starts to go a bit wrong (mainly problems with leaks in the centreboard case)  and then after 900 these were mainly made to order batches of ten so these are gonna be as solid as!

Points to look out for are the centreboard case, the mast step, and where all the pulleys attach at the front (mainly the kicker attachment - should NOT be loose).  Dont worry about any chips in the back edge of the centreboard, these are common and no doubt you'll put a fair few in yourself. 
If there are any more danger points im sure someone else will point them out.

Doug
ps answer to original question - No i really wouldnt worry about the boat number, all 600s were built to last so get a cheaper one and simply do it up.  Although if you can find one with a newish sail go for it because its 700 for a new one.



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Great advice! Thanks Doug. can't wait till i get it!!!

come to think of it, that boat Jamie M has just emailed on the yahoo group sounds perfect!


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Not sure but i think the newer boats have lighter foils aswell so that might be something to look out for
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Richard from RMW told me that the later boats had better foils (not sure why they are better) and you can tell if they are the better ones if they have a 1.5mm trailing edge. He also said sail and rig condition are far more important than hull condition when it comes to being competitive. Now i just need to find this perfect boat
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Just remember this when you're getting your 600, you can have a brand new spanker with all the mods but that wont mean jack on race course if you can't tack the damn thing!  Solid Boat handling will get you everwhere in the 600 fleet!

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I sail inland (Kielder) so tacking will be made easier due to the lack of big waves. The reason i fancy the 600 is the boat handling challenge, the 29er seems rather tame now, and taming the boat is half the fun! It is also the closest I can get to an MPS for a little while (don't even bother mentioning the 700! )
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bovlike Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jul 06 at 7:52pm

most of the 600's were built by Ovington boats. need I say more!

 

Think they stopped building them in about 2000 and after that they were built by RMW

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